Friday, October 13 - 11:00AM to 11:50AM
“The Imagined Landscape” will trace the development of my work over the last two decades. Whether photographing in formal gardens, vivaria or in bonsai collections, my work focuses on the imagined and idealized spaces created by people using natural and sometimes artificial materials to communicate cultural ideas about landscape. While my previous projects will serve as an introduction, the presentation will examine my current series, Views Removed, more deeply. The photographs in Views Removed render trees, stones and other natural materials in ways that their scale and perspective become ambiguous, sometimes combining more than one negative to create a "landscape view" that exists only in the final print. The composition and contrast in the resulting gelatin silver prints emulate the white paper background and equivocal space in ink painting traditions that are free from the technical constraints of photography. The photographs are inspired by questions about Eastern and Western pictorial space, landscape as construct, and the inherent tension between the real and ideal.